INSIDE: LOOKING INTO THIS ISSUE

The magazine cover was a photocollage of eyes, noses, and mouths from people of many races and colors. The title read, "The new world." Its message? That we've got to learn to appreciate the richness of diversity instead of fearing it and warring with it. There's no question that the human family has to do better about loving what's different. But unless we also gain a new view of our own nature, we'll keep coming back to the disputed territory of self-interest instead of to the common ground where love springs up.

Contributors to this Sentinel issue explore what brings this basic transformation in outlook. For example, Marjorie Stephens describes how a woman faced prejudice from her employer. At first she returned the hatred, until prayer stirred her to see both herself and her boss in the light of ever-present divine Love. The article comments that our responsibility is not "to reform a person, but ... to re-form our concept of others in order to see man as God created him ...." Other writers in this issue show how this Christ-impelled reformation frees from physical ills and unveils Love's tender control over all. We find out that it's not so much how we look that matters as how we see ourselves and others. Are we learning to see what God, Spirit, sees? As the "Profile" in the special section on Japan points out, "Like flowers in the garden, each of us is distinct, but we're all equally precious to God as His image, or idea."

January 27, 1992
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